By Brennan Martinez
With Donald Trump’s recent arrival in office and the cries of his impeachment already being heard across the country, it is only fitting to discuss the potential candidates who are probably just itching to take his place in 2020. There’s been lots of talk of Michelle Obama continuing her husband’s legacy and running for office, and there’s also been plenty of anticipation for Bernie Sanders to re-run. The most interesting potential candidate so far, however, definitely has to be Kanye West.
Despite the collective rolling of eyes that just occurred, West is worth mentioning; it seemed nearly the entire country doubted Trump would win in the presidential election, but yet here we are. Never say never. West first announced his shocking– and for some, exciting– announcement of running at the 2015 VMAs. His speech for the award was all over the place, and it was difficult to find his point. He rambled on for a while, until he finally got to the most important part of his speech.
His finishing line, “And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”
How anyone could’ve guessed that, I don’t know. But the crowd rose up in applause, West dropping the mic and walking off stage.
West was serious about his announcement too. In an interview with the BBC, a topic that came up was of course his 2020 run. West explained to the interviewer that he doesn’t “have views on politics,” he just has “a view on humanity, on people, on the truth.”
West has made statements about various issues in America, both through his songs and his passion-filled speeches at shows. A main issue that West talks about is racism, or more specifically, classism. West has stated multiple times that he feels America’s problem is less about racism now but more about classism. He also supports the Black Lives Matter movement, and at one point called out George Bush for “not caring about black people.”
West is also an advocate for LGBT rights, speaking out against homophobia as early as 2005 and being a prominent supporter of Caitlyn Jenner. He also joined the 2011 Occupy Wall Street movement with Russell Simmons, although he didn’t make any statements or have any media coverage for his arrival.
One important thing to note is that it seems West is a friend and supporter of Donald Trump, although he has insisted in the past that his friendship with Trump shouldn’t be a reflection on his own views. Overall, West seems to be a defender of civil rights.
Along with his left-leaning views, West is obviously very well known for his aggressive demeanor and egotistical persona. It could be argued that the controversy that West sparks for these traits play a big role in why he’s so popular to this day.
This brings up the question of whether or not West would or even be able to act in a presidential manner. President Trump as of recent times hasn’t been acting too presidential himself, and his main gimmick during his run seemed to be the exact thing West is known for.